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Visiting Hours

Effective September 1, 2021:

Know before you go: IRMC COVID-19 guidelines are under continuous review and are being updated to reflect the upward trend with COVID cases. Please check this page before visiting IRMC, as policies change frequently.

MASKING – All employees, volunteers, contractors, patients and visitors must still comply with the universal masking policy regardless of vaccination status. The requirement has not changed for healthcare facilities.

Visitation Policy

In an effort to keep our community safe during this difficult time, visitation status will be determined based on the guidelines listed below. Exceptions to Visitor Restrictions MAY be considered unless patient is Covid Confirmed or Covid suspect. Masks are required of all visitors.

Guidelines:

Community Transmission Level: HIGH

  • No visitation to SARS-COVID-19 positive patients, except by exception in extreme circumstances (such as imminent death— and only with PPE and physician approval).
  • Visitation always allowed to SARS-COVID-19 negative patients for care-giver support persons (by law for anyone with a cognitive, intellectual, or other disability requesting assistance), Minors and for Palliative care patients (emotional support).
  • Visitation Policy may be different for labor and delivery, pre/post-Procedure, ED, ICU, or any unit with special circumstances to protect the safety of patients, staff and visitors.

# At all times, OSHA room limits need to be followed.

Adjustments to visitation will be evaluated and determined on a weekly basis and will be based on changes in community transmission and inpatient COVID status.

All visitors will be required to go through the screening process before entry into IRMC. Visitors must be age 16 or older.

Screening location:

  • Hospital Main Entrance
  • IASA Building

Absolute Exceptions:

Nothing in this policy can be construed to deny access to an attendant, caregiver or family member of a patient who has an intellectual, development al or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concern. Additionally, Minors and those without the capacity to make decisions, or who have surrogates must be allowed to have those surrogates present.

Obstetrics

For obstetric patients (new/laboring mothers), one visitor is permitted and must be the only person through the course of admission. Visitor may leave and return, but may not swap out with another individual. If an obstetric patient presents with an acute problem needing evaluation in the Emergency Department or via the front entrance, one designated support person will be able to accompany the patient to the Obstetrics unit.

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